Document - Pakistan: Further information: Human rights lawyer still at risk: Asma Jahangir
Further information on UA: 164/12 Index: ASA 33/011/2012 Pakistan Date: 20 July 2012
HUMAN RIGHTS LAWYER STILL AT RISK
Leading human rights lawyer Asma Jahangir remains at risk despite the provision of security provided by Pakistan authorities, following an Urgent Action issued by Amnesty International. The authorities appear unable or unwilling to investigate Asma Jahangir claims that Pakistan’s security forces were behind the plot. Deaths of human rights activists have increased over the last year, many of which implicate the military’s Inter-Services Intelligence agency (ISI).
Although Asma Jahangir has received extra security for herself, the authorities appear unable or unwilling to investigate the military authorities whom Asma Jahangir claims authorised the plot to kill her ‘at the highest levels’. Pakistan’s military and its intelligence agencies have a long history of acting beyond the reach of civil authorities and have been implicated in attacks on human rights activists exposing alleged violations by state security forces. There are reasonable grounds to fear that Asma Jahangir remains at threat of attack despite her public disclosure and the security given to her.
�On 4 June, the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) alerted Amnesty International to information it had received of a plot by Pakistan’s security forces to kill HRCP founder and human rights lawyer Asma Jahangir.
As one of Pakistan’s leading human rights defender, Asma Jahangir has been threatened many times before. However news of the plot to kill her is altogether different. The information circulated does not appear to have been intentionally circulated as means of intimidation, but leaked from within Pakistan’s security apparatus. Asma Jahangir believes the information is highly credible.
Please write immediately in English, Urdu, or your own language, calling on the Pakistan authorities to:
Continue to provide effective security to Asma Jahangir.
Promptly conduct a full investigation into alleged plot to kill her, including all individuals and institutions suspected of being involved, including the Inter-Services Intelligence agency.
Bring to justice all suspected perpetrators of attacks on human rights defenders, in trials that meet international fair trial standards and without recourse to the death penalty
PLEASE SEND APPEALS BEFORE 31 AUGUST 2012 TO:
Asif Ali Zardari
Fax: +92 51 920 4974
Email using contact form: http://www.presidentofpakistan.gov.pk/index.php?lang=en&opc=8
Rajaz Pervaz Ashraf �Prime Minister House
Fax: +92 51 921 3780
Salutation: Dear Prime Minister
Chief of Army Staff
General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani
c/o Inter Services Pubilc Relations,
Hilal Road, �Rawalpindi, 46000
Fax: +92 51 927 1682
Also send copies to diplomatic representatives accredited to your country.
Please check with your section office if sending appeals after the above date. This is the first update of UA 164/12. Further information: http://www.amnesty.org/en/library/info/ASA33/008/2012/en
HUMAN RIGHTS LAWYER STILL AT RISK
Asma Jahangir founded the HRCP, a non-governmental organization. She is a lawyer, an advocate of the Supreme Court of Pakistan, and President of the Supreme Court Bar Association of Pakistan. Internationally, Jahangir was UN Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial, Arbitrary and Summary Executions from 1998-2004 and the UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief from 2004 to 2010.
The ISI is the premier intelligence service of Pakistan’s armed forces. Amnesty International has documented a number of cases implicating the ISI, other intelligence agencies, and the military over the last several years. Journalist Saleem Shahzad (UA: 270/11, Index number ASA 33/015/2011) was abducted in Islamabad on 29 May 2011 and his dead body found two days later showing signs of torture. In October 2010, Saleem Shahzad had told colleagues that in a meeting with Inter-Services Intelligence agency’s (ISI) media wing, he felt he had been threatened, because of his reporting on al-Qaida infiltration into Pakistan’s armed forces.
On 4 June, the HRCP issued a statement concerned not that the alleged plot was not only an attempt to silence one individual but the human rights community at large.
�Name: Asma Jahangir
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Further information on UA: 164/12 Index: ASA 33/011/2012 Issue Date: 20 July 2012